Kamsack children attend a Teddy Bear Clinic to help “take the scare away from care”

            A Teddy Bear Clinic was held at Kamsack last week when Victoria School pre-Kindergarten students joined other children and their mothers at the Kamsack Library for an exercise that was organized to “take scare away from care.”

            Organized by the Family Resource Centre in Kamsack in partnership with the Yorkton Family Resource Centre, the session involved five fourth-year students in the bachelor of science in nursing program offered by the University of Saskatchewan at Parkland College in Yorkton.

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            For the program, four stations were set up at the Kamsack Library with one of the university students at each station. The young students then went to each of the stations as though each was another step in the process of obtaining health care at a hospital.

            The students first went to a reception desk with their dolls or teddy bears. They then moved on to other stations: at one they wore face masks; at another they took the blood pressure of their teddy bears or dolls, and at another they were familiarized with other monitoring equipment one would find at a hospital or clinic.

            The session is part of the students’ community public health rotation, explained Andrea Verigin, the co-ordinator at the Kamsack Family Resource Centre. They have also conducted similar sessions at Keeseekoose and Sakamay First Nations, the Yorkton Family Resource Centre and at the KidsFirst program in Yorkton.

            “We’re very appreciative of the Kamsack Library for letting us use this space,” Verigin said.

            The session, which began at 10:30 a.m., concluded with the serving of a light lunch.